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Ethical Vignettes in Reproductive Health

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What is new in reproductive health ethics? A lot, but not enough. Ethical principles of public health are distinguishable from principles applied in modern bioethics. At the risk of over-simplifying the difference between clinical ethics and public health ethics, it could be said that the default position of clinical ethics centers on respect for the individual patient and his/her autonomy, whereas the default position of public health ethics centers on the pursuit of thecollective or common good. In other words, ethics in medical practice and research operates as a gatekeeper between what is legal, and what is not. Admitting and understaning ethical codes by both patient and provider, may reduce court-visited and ordered medical interventions.

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